The Andes vacation, Peru, Bolivia and Northern Argentina

“Travel overland and via domestic flights to experience the cultural highlights of Peru and Bolivia, including: Cusco, Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the Valley of the Moon.”

Highlights

Lima | Arequipa | Colca Valley | Aguada Blanca National Reserve | Cusco | Sacsayhuaman centre | Urubamba | Salt Lakes region | Ollantaytambo | Pisac | Lake Titicaca | train/coach to Machu Picchu | Andean Explorer train | Island of the Sun | La Paz | Uyuni | Fish Island | views of Tunupa volcano | Optional activities include: hiking to Huayna Picchu overlooking Machu Picchu and sightseeing in Lima |

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
A day pack is definitely required as you will be leaving your main luggage behind for up to a couple of days at a time.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Trips can run throughout the year.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Guided tours, trains not treks and private boat rides.
Accomm:
Choice of hotels and an eco-lodge on Sun Island.
Included:
Accommodation, transport (including internal flights), guided tours, listed entrance fees and tour escort present throughout.
Meals:
2 breakfasts included.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: The Andes vacation, Peru, Bolivia and Northern Argentina

Environment

We only work with licensed ground operators who work with local guides, natural reserves and archaeological sites in the highlands and Amazon regions of Latin America.

Most natural reserves will ask that each visitor pays directly, when entering the reserve, the admission fee, which will contribute in maintaining the reserve, buildng new roads and hire local staff who will look after the site and wildlife. Also, if a trip includes visits to pre-colonial sites, the fees paid to each archaeological site or museum go directly to each project.

Our community based experiences directly benefit the communities and are generally run by the communities itself who work in partnership with local operators. As a small tour operator we encourage our customers to follow the guidelines of our travelers code of conduct, where we emphasise waste management and local consumption at destination.

Our ground operators are aware of our interest in making sure water usage and waste management are of high standards. We encourage clients to give us feedback at their return or if they want when at destination, if our ground operators are not compliant with responsible practices.

We aim to utilise fewer printed marketing and communication materials, encouraging customers to order the online version of the catalogue and ensure every experience we offer has enough online information.

Community

When you decide to travel with us you will be contributing to the local communities directly. However, although most of our destinations need to be reached by air travel, you can decide to offset your carbon footprints.

Among a crumbling colonial legacy, Bolivia is striving to secure a more prosperous future while holding on the clothing, music, religions and even languages that are firmly rooted in the majority of its people whose ancestors pre-date the Spanish conquistadors. The high-altitude capital, La Paz, is an extraordinary place of bustle and colour providing a fascinating gateway to the country. Street vendors ply their trade at every corner and most women still wear traditional dress and ubiquitous bowler hats.

We will put you in touch with local cultures and so you are able to learn more about the area’s history, its current way of living and how traditions are maintained. We ask you to respect the archaeological sites, natural reserves and the communities you will visit by trying to avoid wasting water, throwing litter or damaging the environment.

80% of our experiences include tours to local communities and the aim of each is to show the way of living of these communities or local projects.

Our activity-based experiences, fitness and wellness vacations have a tailor made approach where we suggest and offer activities that will enable our customers to travel to communities and rural areas where there will be more opportunities to learn about its needs and visit with local people. We aim to organise tailor made responsible tourism experiences in Bolivia using our extensive local contacts and knowledge. We work directly with local operators, who have an emphasis of using of locally produced ingredients in cooking meals.

Reviews of The Andes vacation, Peru, Bolivia and Northern Argentina

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Almost every part of the vacation was extremely enjoyable and memorable. We particularly enjoyed our time in the Amazon and the Salar de Uyuni. Our night at Tayka del Desierto was not like anything we have done before.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


On more than one occasion we had to leave our luggage behind for a couple of days and put our stuff into a small bag. Bear this in mind when deciding what bags to take/how to pack.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The only part of the vacation where we could see that out vacation directly helped the local people people was our time in the Amazon. Our guides were all local who seemed genuinely pleased to show us their country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a fantastic time and the vacation gave us some wonderful memories. During our time in Bolivia we felt like guests rather than tourists and we would love to go back.The itinerary was very well put together and Bibiana from the vacation providers was very helpful before and during the vacation.

It was certainly one of the very best vacations we have ever had and I have already recommended it to friends.

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